Between Taylor Swift and Rihanna last weekend, and Funk Fest and the Funshine Music Festival next weekend, you'd think we'd have a weekend off from great music. Think again. You can expect another jam-packed slate of national acts coming through Tampa this week.
Among the highlights: 98 Rockfest (with Alice in Chains, above), Willie Nelson, A Day to Remember, the Black Crowes, Vintage Trouble, Relient K, Peter Murphy, Spam Allstars, Asking Alexandria, Dr. Ralph Stanley, STS9, Chris Botti, Air Supply, America, Billy Currington, Suicidal Tendencies and more. Here to walk you through it all is Suburban Apologist's Ray Roa.
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TUESDAY 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Retro rock, soul and funk outfit Vintage Trouble may be the biggest American band you've never heard of. So far this year, they've played The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for a second time and performed on the main stage at Coachella. This summer they'll open for the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park — after, that is, they wrap up yet another tour with The Who. The L.A. band — a collection of veteran session men and hired guns, including bassist and Tampa native Rick Barrio Dill — has been declared one of the Wall Street Journal and Paste magazine have ranked them among the world's best live acts. But much of America still isn't hip to the Vintage Trouble sound — which is why, when they come to St. Petersburg on Tuesday, the group will be playing the Local 662, an intimate club on Central Avenue. -- Jay Cridlin
With Alice In Chains, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Young Guns and Gemini Syndrome. Outdoor pre-show features In This Moment, Otherwise, Beware Of Darkness and Surrender The Fall.
FRIDAY 5:45 p.m., Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $24.50 and up. (813) 301-2500.
Programming has mostly gone the way of homogenous national playlists in the era of corporate radio, but that shouldn't overshadow 98 Rock's storied 23-year history in Tampa Bay. The station christened itself on the first day of 1990 by playing two straight weeks of Led Zeppelin and put on over a dozen "Livestock" concerts right out of the gate. On Friday WXTB continues that tradition by bringing active rock's biggest names to join Seattle grunge institution Alice In Chains for Rockfest. Tickets are as low as $24.50 (for four-pack deals), but those without a buck to spare can still get there early (3 p.m.) and party by taking in a free pre-show concert at the Forum's west plaza.
With Pro Bro Gold, Vom Dög, Vogue Nouveau
FRIDAY 9 p.m., The Social, 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City. $5. (813) 242-2717.
For two decades, Lazy Magnet mastermind Jeremy Harris has been chasing his own vision of avant-pop through an exploration of tone, programming, live instrumentation, and sampling. His work is revered in DIY circles nationally, and this Southeast tour brings his Providence, R.I.-based project (along with a live band featuring members from Tampa) to the basement of one of Ybor City's oft-overlooked venues. Just a stone's throw from the Amphitheatre, where Delta Heavy will be spinning EDM for a room full of happy faces, this show should find beatheads congregated in the belly of The Social chasing an enlightened euphoria of their own.
With Hellogoodbye, William Becket, Mike Mains & The Branches
SATURDAY 6:30 p.m, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.
Relient K's latest offerings find the Buckeye State natives covering the likes of The Wallflowers, Cake, Tears For Fears, Justin Beiber and even Toto, but the band's legacy shouldn't be defined by two EPs of cheeky karaoke. In fact, frontman Matt Thiessen and company have actually managed to be one the past decade's sturdiest bridges between Christian music and secular pop-punk thanks to a discography that thoughtfully explores a wide range of topics including high school innocence and melodrama (Sadie Hawkins Dance, 17 Magazine), retrospective self-loathing (Who I Am Hates Who I've Been), and offing oneself (Faking My Own Suicide). The bill finds Relient K joined by a trio of the genre's best outfits including power-pop charmers Hellogoodbye, who will also play a free Daddy Kool Records in-store set at 5 p.m.
The Black Crowes
TUESDAY 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39.50 and up. (727) 892-5767.
Being recognized as the "Best New American Band" by Rolling Stone comes with a lot of responsibility. Just ask the Black Crowes, who kind of succumbed to the pressure of the superlative by going into a pair of personnel-related hiatuses in 2002 and 2006. The Atlanta rock legends, however, are still one of this country's greatest exports and have managed to pull through and honor the sanctity of their 24-year-existence with a four-month world tour supporting a new live album, Wiser For The Time. The double disc, which intertwines deeper cuts like Oh The Rain and Make Glad with classics like Hard To Handle, Smile and She Talks To Angels, actually acts as a the perfect preview for what looks to be quite a curtain call for the Crowes.
With Sun Signs, The Soft Rock Renegades
TUESDAY 9 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. Free. (813) 241-8600.
Tuesday nights are usually reserved for Chinese takeout and playing DVR catch-up, but "All Good Tuesdays" has spent the last five years coaxing folks out of their doldrums and into Crowbar's outdoor courtyard for $5 beers and the promise of up-and-coming music and tried and true classic tunes. Every now and then the weekly party coincides with the itinerary of a band on a national tour, which will be the case when Portland, Ore. alt-pop outfit Aan arrives to spend their day off (they're on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins) supporting a fresh 7-inch release, Mystery Life. If fragmented guitar lines, brutally distorted piano stabs, impassioned shouts and tonic note resolution sound appealing, then skip the lo mein and check out this "I saw them when" show.
WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m., Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20 and up. theorpheum.com.
Who knew Peter Murphy was a Subaru Forester kind of goth? We sure didn't, but then again a lot of not-so-dark details about the 55-year-old former Bauhaus frontman came to light after his March arrest in California on suspicion of drunk driving, hit-and-run and drug possession (did you see that mugshot?). The charges have since been lowered to misdemeanors, and on this tour, "The Godfather of Goth" will actually focus less on himself and more on the 35th anniversary of his former band on this tour stop. Only Bauhaus material will be played at the show , so make sure to dust off those original pressings of In The Flat Field, Mask and Burning From The Inside.
With Lukas Nelson
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater. $48.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.
It's been a really long time since Willie Nelson actually looked like the Red Headed Stranger, but his iconic voice hasn't taken a hit over the course of an untouchable 57-year career that has taken the octogenarian from early gigs as a struggling radio announcer to multiple appearances on country music's biggest stages. He's successfully navigated a few brushes with the law ($32 million in unpaid taxes, a 2010 charge for pot possession) and songs like Bloody Mary Morning, Darkness On The Face Of The Earth and Angel Flying To Close To The Ground represent just an inkling of his innumerable contributions to the great American songbook. Presumably nearing the tail end of his run, Nelson is one of the few living legends who's actually living, as evidenced by a plethora of collaborations (he's worked with Snoop Dogg, for crying out loud) and a live set that can still leave even his most devoted followers with tears of appreciation in their eyes.
A Day To Remember
With Of Mice & Men, Issues
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $29.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.
Ocala is mostly famous for its abundance of senior citizens, a humongous national forest and top-notch racing thoroughbreds, so it's important to note the way A Day To Remember has put the city on the global map. The band signed to Victory Records in 2006 (Smoking Popes, Taking Back Sunday, and Atreyu all once called the Chicago-based imprint home) and have since released a trio of well-received LPs that effortlessly blend hardcore riffs and breakdowns with melodic singalongs. The band is joined by another one of alternative rock's rising stars, Of Mice & Men.
LoCash Cowboys Fri. 8 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 855-1464.
Spam Allstars Fri. With Locos Por Juana. 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Clearwater Blast Friday Concert Fri. With Firefall. 5:30 p.m. Cleveland St. District, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free ($30 VIP tickets available). (727) 791-7400.
Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Fri. With Alison Brown Quartet. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
Brandon Santini and His Band Fri. 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. (727) 736-0606.
Delta Heavy Fri. 9:30 p.m. Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$15. (813) 873-8368.
Chris Botti Sat. 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$70. (727) 791-7400.
STS9 Sat. With Support, Support (Call DK). 6:30 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. $25-$30. (727) 565-0550.
Morningbell album release Sat. With King Of Spain, The Send Offs. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Instanter Sat. With Halibut, Article 47, The Dags. 9 p.m. Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $3. (727) 424-1809.
NoNeed Sat. With Roots For Change, Hero Chinchillaz, Midnight Fiasco. 7:30 p.m. Market on 7th, 1816 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-2356.
Fun 'n Sun Festival Sat.-Sun. With Air Supply, America, Billy Currington, Colt Ford, and more. 1 p.m (Sat.) and 12 p.m. (Sun.). Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free ($25-$175 for reserved & VIP seating). (727) 562-4700. funnsunclearwater.com
Agnostic Front Sun. With Coldside, Dead Cat Lounge, The Scurvy, Death By Convictions. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $13-$15. (813) 248-9500 or theorpheum.com.
Asking Alexandria Sun. With Whitechapel, Chimaira, I Killed The Prom Queen, Reveal Renew. 6 p.m. The Ritz, 1503 Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Viva La Musica at Busch Gardens Sun. With Milly Quezada. 3 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447.
Suicidal Tendencies Tue. With Sick Of It All, Waking The Dead. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $28.50. (727) 895-3045.
Crackerbillys Tue. With Steve and Leigh Humes, Don "Hambone" Handby. 7 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5. (813) 971-0666.
Holly Hunt Wed. With Shroud Eater, Permanent Makeup, Landbridge. 8 p.m. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $8. facebook.com/thelocal662.
Hurt Thu. With Smile Empty Soul. 6 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*